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Class 3

Mrs Olefhile

Class Teacher

Mrs Eugenie Walker

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hilary Hawkey

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO CLASS 3
 
Class 3 consists of Year 3 and Year 4 children.
 
Our aim  is to ensure that every child feels that they are part of a caring class. A class in which they feel confident enough to try new things without fear of failure. A class in which everybody has something to offer. Our aspiration is that the children in Class 3 will become self-motivated learners through a varied and exciting curriculum. Parents are always welcome in Class 3, whether to discuss their child's progress or to help on educational visits. We want Class 3 children to enjoy school and to look forward to the opportunities each new day offers.
 
Key Timings:
PE - Every Thursday and Friday, Class 3 children should come to school in their PE kits.
Homework - Handed out at the beginning of term (can be found on Google Classroom too). 
Spellings - Issued on Mondays, practised every day in class, tested the following Monday.
Reading Record - Your child will need to read to an adult at home and have their Reading Record signed, daily if possible.
Times Table Rock Stars - Practised every morning during registration. Learning times table facts is vital and children should be able to recite their table facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. Therefore, it is really important that whenever you get a few minutes you keep encouraging them to revisit these so they can automatically recall the facts without having to use fingers or apparatus. The more your child practises, the easier they will find calculations at school and out in the real world. Pupils in Year 4 will also be doing an online multiplication tables check in June. Pupils are asked to answer 25 questions on times tables from 2 to 12. They are given six seconds per question, with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than five minutes.
 
KRP Summer 1st 2022 ~ Ancient Civilisation
 
History This is the driver subject for our ‘Knowledge Rich Project’ (KRP) This term, we will be studying the topic ‘Ancient Civilisation’. This project teaches children about the history of three of the world’s first ancient civilisations: ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. Children will learn about the rise, life, achievements and eventual end of each civilisation.
 
To ensure full curriculum coverage, this will have mini companion projects in Science, Art and DT that will sit alongside the topic. Geography We will be revising and using some of the skills we learnt last term, applying them to our new project.
 
English 
Along with focusing on grammar, spelling, handwriting and reading skills, we will write recounts and explore Sumerian Free Verse Poetry in the first half of the summer term. In the second half of the term, we will move on to instruction texts and stories from other cultures. The English genres that we cover will be based on our KRP as well as experiences that the children will enjoy this term such as the residential Delaware camp. Much of our writing will be cross curricular and we will be continuing to transfer skills learnt in English, to other curriculum areas.
 
Linked Text
Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll. London, 1922. A discovery from ancient Egypt . . .A cursed package . . .The untold story of a young pharaoh . . .When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey - to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse.
 
Maths
We will continue to follow the White Rose Year 3 units for learning in this subject. This half term the focus will be on fractions, moving onto time, properties of shape, mass and capacity in the second half term. We will also continue our focus on times tables in preparation for the Y4 Multiplication Check. 
 
Art
Statues, Statuettes and Figurines:  This project teaches children about the 3-D representation of the human form, including statues, statuettes and figurines. They will study examples from ancient civilisations and use their clay skills to create a Sumer-style figurine.
 
Science
Electrical Circuits and Conductors: This project teaches children about electrical appliances and safety. They construct simple series circuits and name their parts and functions, including switches, wires and cells. They investigate electrical conductors and insulators and identify common features of conductors. It also teaches children about programmable devices. They will combine their learning to design and make a nightlight.
 
DT
Tomb Builders: This project teaches children about simple machines, including wheels, axles, inclined planes, pulleys and levers, exploring how they helped ancient builders to lift and move heavy loads.
 
PSHE 
We will follow the SCARF units for PSHE which will include the units ‘Being My Best’ and ‘Growing and Changing’.  These lessons will be blocked and will be revisited through our assemblies during the term also.
 
RE
We are following a two-year programme of study from Curriculum Kernewek.  Our first topic for this half term is the Christianity unit ‘CREATION/FALL: What do Christians learn from the creation story?’ This will be followed by the Christianity unit ‘PEOPLE OF GOD: What is it like to follow God?’ These lessons will also be taught in blocks.
 
MFL
We will continue to build on our French vocabulary, listening and writing skills through the units of 'All about me’ and ‘Food Glorious Food’.   Music This term, First Access Music will be coming into Class 3 to teach recorders. We will continue to sing our Times Tables songs too.
 
Computing
ICT will be used throughout all the other subject areas to enhance the children's understanding and for research purposes.  Children will be encouraged to use ICT as a tool for furthering their understanding in other curriculum areas. Throughout the term there will be an emphasis on keeping ourselves safe online. In addition to this, we will continue to learn about Book Creator and we will begin a new unit on animation.
 
PE
The first half term will have a sport focus of throwing and catching (field games). The children will also be involved in rugby, cricket and dance this half term. The second half term will have a sport focus of athletics. There will be opportunities for children to participate in extracurricular clubs, sporting events and festivals as part of our links with the Newquay Schools sports partnership. We are excited to be able to welcome the Cornish Pirates in to run a series of rugby sessions, the first of which the children thoroughly enjoyed yesterday.
 
Class 3 will have a change of PE day this half term. It will now be on a Friday but children will also need to be in PE kit on a Thursday for rugby. On these days, for the time being, children must wear their PE kits to school. There may of course, be additional days when the children may be required to wear a PE kit, which they will be clearly informed about.
 
PE kit:
  • Black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms
  • Green T-shirt with logo
  • Trainers or plimsolls Tracksuits may be worn for outside PE during colder weather
  • No earrings or jewellery
Please can all items of kit and school uniform be named.
 
Homework
1. Reading: this should be enjoyed on a daily basis. Reading independently, reading together and across a variety of genres are all beneficial as are audio books. Reading records are to be handed in every morning, checked and then returned by home time. Please keep your reading materials in a book bag so that nothing is lost or misplaced.
2. Spellings: These will be uploaded onto Google Classroom each Monday and tested the following Monday. They will also be practised throughout the week in class.
3. Times tables facts – Please practise these regularly as part of the weekly homework. Practise the tables that are found most difficult. This is in preparation for the Y4 Multiplication Check.
4. Optional Curriculum Project activities (see home learning ideas on Google Classroom).
 
Weekly spellings, homework, topic content, photographs of your children and general reminders will also be added to Google Classroom. Please check this regularly.
 
Open Door Policy We welcome your feedback on any aspect of your child’s time in Class 3. Please drop us an email via the office (hello@mawgan-in-pydar.org.uk) to raise any questions, queries or problems that you may have. We are very much looking forward to the term ahead and thank you in advance for your support.

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